Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management

As an integral part of the Bureau of Land Management?s (BLM) mission, the BLM provides national leadership to promote conservation of aquatic habitats, healthy aquatic ecosystems, and the fish, aquatic wildlife, and invertebrate species that are dependent upon them including native, non-native, subsistence,
sportfish and aquatic invasive species.

BLM lands comprise some of the most diverse and unique aquatic habitats in the world, ranging from vast wetlands and riparian areas, isolated desert springs that harbor populations of rare and unique fishes, to large river systems, such as the Columbia, Colorado, Platte, Rio Grande, and Yukon that support fishing and recreation of exceptional regional and national value throughout the contiguous United States and Alaska.

Aquatic resources on BLM-managed public lands support the nation?s aquatic biodiversity, support public recreation, and help sustain Native American cultural heritages.

The BLM works to ensure the resiliency of public trust aquatic species and habitats through on the ground programs and activities including conducting instream habitat and riparian vegetation treatments; removing passage barriers to aquatic organisms; preserving water quantity and quality; taking actions that prevent the introduction, spread, and establishment of aquatic invasive species; conducting family, youth and veterans education and outreach programs; and inventorying, assessing and monitoring aquatic organisms and habitats.

The BLM manages these resources in cooperation with states, tribes, other federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring Implementation; Subsistence Resource Populations Monitoring; Rural Youth Initiatives Expanding Watershed Education; Mattole River Fisheries Restoration and Monitoring Program; Headwaters Forest Reserve Watershed Restoration; Umpqua River Basin Riparian Restoration Projects; West Eugene Wetlands Enhancement and Restoration; Gooseneck Creek County Road Culvert Replacement; Aquatic Invasive Species Program; Frog Restoration and Education.

Fiscal Year 2018: unknown data available.

Fiscal Year 2019: unknown data available.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: New Program. Fiscal Year 2018: The highest priority areas for aquatic native conservation within the BLM Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Program are to: a) protect, restore, and enhance stream, wetland and lentic habitats; b) inventory, assess, and monitor aquatic biological, chemical, and physical characteristics; c) protect, maintain and restore natural aquatic ecosystem function, connectivity, and processes, such as through fish passage and watershed restoration; d) prevent the introduction, limit the spread of, and eradicate non-native aquatic invasive species; e) enhance sport and anadromous fisheries by increasing habitat integrity and productivity; f) increase the quality and quantity of recreational fishing opportunities on BLM managed lands; g) assist in the recovery of special status aquatic species and habitats and make effort to prevent listings; and h) facilitate restoration of riparian and wetland areas. Fiscal Year 2019: Data are unknown at this time.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects are primarily conducted on lands administered by the BLM but may also be conducted on other public or private lands.

Most of these lands are located in the Western United States and Alaska.

Assistance can be used to help protect, restore, and enhance aquatic habitats and aquatic ecosystem resources and to provide related public contact/education opportunities.

Funding is highly variable each fiscal year.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


Beneficiary Eligibility

All Public Land users.


N/A. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR, Part 200, Subpart C?Pre-Federal Award Requirements and Contents of Federal Awards. A Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposal, budget spreadsheet, a budget narrative/breakdown, and any other requirements specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity Notice and must be submitted through State plan is not required for this application.

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. State and District Office level and funding recommendations are made through the State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, Public Law 94-579, 43 USC §1737 (b); Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (16 U.S.C. §4601, et seq.) Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Agreements (aka The Wyden Amendment), 16 USC 1011, PL 104-208, Section 124, as amended by PL 105-277, Section 136, as amended by PL 108-7, Section 135; Anadromous Fish Conservation Act of 1965 (16 U.S.C. 757, et seq.); Plant Protection Act of 2000 (PL 106-224), Federal Noxious Weed Act of 1974 (Sections 1 and 15), 7 USC 2814; P.L. 93-629, as amended by PL 101-624.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes. Further information will be available for each project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement.


Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Land Management will provide all applicants with information on why their proposal was not selected for award.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

No specific restrictions for most projects. However, most projects are funded on a year-by- year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the notice of award, recipients shall submit at the minimum the following reports on an annual basis within 90 days after the anniversary date: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Reports.

The notice of award will detail all financial, performance, and other specific report requirements, including frequency and due dates.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Report; and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a sub recipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 $1,643,111; FY 18 est $0; and FY 19 est $0 - New Program.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Past partnership projects have ranged from $10,000 to $1,000,000. Average amounts approximately $68,300 or less.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The BLM's Fisheries and Aquatic Resources program is generally guided by provisions in 43 CFR Part 6000. A variety of public interest publications on these programs are available free of charge by contacting the appropriate State Office. Manuals providing basic program operational guidance for Wildlife and Fisheries Management (BLM Manual 6500) and Aquatic Resource Management (BLM Manual 6720) may be obtained by contacting the Washington Office.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Division Chief Fish, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Bureau of Land Management (WO 230), 1849 C St, N.W., MS-5115, Washington, District of Columbia 20240-9998 Phone: (202) 912-7230

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

First Level Screening -Basic Eligibility. Applications will be screened by the Grants Management Officer to ensure that applications meet basic eligibility requirements. Must meet the requirements of the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on, screening may include, but is not limited to: Program and/or legislative authority requirements are met; Submission is timely; and complete and properly executed SF-424 application package documents. B. Applications must satisfy basic eligibility screening requirements to be considered for further review. Second Level Evaluation -- Merit Review Evaluation is stated in each Notice of Funding Opportunity noticed post on Third Level Review Pre-Award Clearance and Approvals. BLM will also complete a business evaluation and determination of responsibility. During these evaluations the Grants Management Officer will evaluate variables such as: Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System, financial stability, quality of management systems, past performance meeting prior award terms and conditions, reports and findings of audits performed, and applicant?s ability to effectively implement statutory, regulatory or other requirements.

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